Hodkinson ready for second chance

Trent Hodkinson was the forgotten man of the Bulldogs’ remarkable charge to the grand final last season.
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An injury in the opening month of last season meant he lost the No.7 jersey to his close friend, Kris Keating, but the shoe is on the other foot this year, with an injury to Keating opening the door for Hodkinson to regain his position and push for a new contract.

Hodkinson is a free agent at the end of the season and is yet to be approached by the Bulldogs about a new deal. The former Manly halfback admits he was in limbo a month ago but is adamant the future is now in his hands.

”I didn’t know what was going to happen a month ago,” he said. ”But I just have to concentrate on footy and see how I go and push my claims for a new contract given the fact I’m coming off contract. I just have to concentrate on footy and keep ticking the boxes and see what happens.

”They [Bulldogs] haven’t said too much at the moment. I knew I had to play a few games before I go to them. I have a few games under my belt now so hopefully something starts to occur soon. I’d love to stay here and I found a home here. I love all the boys and we have a great coaching staff. There’s a great vibe around the club so the ideal situation would be to stay.

”I knew I had to go back to NSW Cup and play well there. I knew that it would pay off. Kris got injured and it was unlucky for him but I got my opportunity and I have to grab it with both hands.”

While Hodkinson missed the majority of last season, he said it had not been difficult adjusting to the style of football the Bulldogs developed under the watch of coach Des Hasler. ”I was still watching them closely and I was in among the video sessions because Dessie had me in there,” he said.

Hodkinson said his side was wary of the Knights after their embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Raiders last week. ”They’ll be ready to go and fired up this week after last week’s performance,” he said. ”They won’t be happy with that. Sunday arvo at home, they’ll be really keen to put on a good performance in front of their crowd.”

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